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Dark, Poor Contrast, Unstable Viewing Angles - The display of the HP 17 disappoints

Testing the HP 17: A simple office notebook with a DVD burner
Testing the HP 17: A simple office notebook with a DVD burner
On the positive side, the HP 17-by2437ng offers a Core-i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD. In addition, the notebook belongs to a dying breed that still has an optical drive on board. A Windows operating system is not included.
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The HP 17 represents a simple 17.3-inch office notebook from the low-price segment. Hewlett Packard uses a matte black plastic case, which is neither particularly robust, nor does it facilitate maintenance. The latter makes upgrading the working memory unnecessarily difficult. Users who value an optical drive should be pleased with a DVD burner.

Our test unit of the HP 17 is run by a Core-i3 processor of the Comet Lake generation. The CPU offers sufficient computing performance for office and Internet applications. It is surprising that the CPU is unable to run constantly at full Turbo speed in multi-thread operation. On the positive side: The notebook runs mostly quietly and heats up moderately at most. 

The display represents the largest weakness of the notebook. Hewlett Packard has equipped the laptop with a dark HD+ display (1600 x 900 pixels) with low contrast and unstable viewing angles, which also does not offer a good color reproduction in the state of delivery. The maximum brightness, which is already low in mains operation, drops even further in battery operation. In addition, the display shows some flickering with a frequency of 250 Hz at brightness levels of 80% and below.

Since Hewlett Packard only uses a WiFi 4 chip (802.11n) in the notebook, it delivers bad WLAN transfer rates. While a Windows operating system is not included, Windows 10 could be installed without any problems - we tried it. All the necessary drivers are available on the HP website. Alternatively, you could use Linux.

Additional information and benchmark results are available in our HP 17-by2437ng review.

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Sascha Mölck
Editor of the original article: Sascha Mölck - Senior Tech Writer - 820 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
What started as a side job during my computer science studies later became my main job: For more than 20 years now I have been working as an editor and author in the IT sector. While working in the print sector I also contributed to the creation of various loose-leaf publications and published original written pieces. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2012.
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 237 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Sascha Mölck, 2020-05-16 (Update: 2020-05-19)